Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Taking care of yourself can often fall to the bottom of the list when you are grieving but it is still important. Try starting with taking small steps such as those listed below.
Try to stay hydrated. Dealing with a loss may make you less aware of your own needs, including thirst. Having consistent sips of fluids throughout the day and having a water bottle handy can help remind you to care for yourself.
Keep nutrient dense snacks nearby such as fresh fruit, dried fruits, yogurt, nuts and granola bars nearby for instances when you are hungry but may lack the energy to prepare a full meal.
Loss of appetite can also be common while grieving. Take notice if you are more likely to eat when you are with someone. If so, consider welcoming visitors during meal times.
Do not be ashamed to ask for help. If you have family and friends who were willing to provide postpartum meals, consider asking if they can still do this. This will help you alleviate the stress of planning meals and have in-person support when meal drop-off happens.
Continue your prenatal vitamin. Your body has gone through a lot. Continuing your vitamin will help support your healing especially if your eating pattern is still sporadic.
Do not forget to speak with your provider if you are fatigued and/or are experiencing a lack of desire to eat or drink. This can often present with depression and may be a sign that you may need more emotional and medical support.